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Food safety bill stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON — A year after House Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly approved legislation to improve food safety, public health advocates are growing frustrated that the Senate has yet to take up the bill.

A coalition of food safety groups tried to turn up the pressure last week on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., running newspaper ads in the lawmakers' two states featuring constituents who fell seriously ill from food poisoning. The ads urged Reid and McConnell to move the bill to the floor and pass it.

Wyoming tree chosen for U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

JACKSON, Wyo. —The U.S. Capitol's grounds superintendent has chosen a 67-foot Engelmann spruce from Wyoming to be the official Christmas tree at the Capitol this December.

Wyoming officials at Bridger-Teton say the tree was chosen near Jackson but its location will be kept secret until November when there will be a cutting ceremony.

The selection was made by Ted Bechtol and his decision was announced Friday.

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